We made the decision to fly to Colombia on Saturdy. After weighing the pros and cons of flying versus floating we decided to save time and money and take a plane. The main appeal of the boat trip was the snorkeling, fishing and Caribbean islands. We experienced all of these things while in Belize. Additionally, being on a boat sailing through the Caribbean may sound romantic but the practicalities are anything but.
The boats are relatively small, typically in the 30 to 50 foot range. They cram anywhere from 4 to 12 passengers, in addition to crew, on board. The weather is hot and the thought of trying to sleep below deck in a cramped cabin is not appealing. We’ve been told the first three days are on calm waters. The last day and a half are on choppy waters where at least one if not more people will be seasick. I do not get motion sickness and have been seasick only once in my life (I attribute that incident of removing my snorkel underwater and feeding some fish “mama bird style” to the prior night’s rum and cigar consumption). While freshly caught fish and lobster sounds delicious, I don’t want to see, hear or smell someone else’s second tasting. I won’t go into the bathroom situation.
We arrived at TRI Store when they opened and we helped the bicycle tech tear the bikes down for boxing. The process was quick and we were done within an hour.
Originally we thought we would not be able to pick up our bikes before Thursday morning and we would miss the 7:15 a.m. train ride along the Panama Canal to Colon. Panarail confirmed with us via email that the trains would not run on Friday, the beginning of the Easter long weekend.
Feeling like things were falling into place we went off in search of boxes for our gear.